LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The Lubbock City Council has extended our local Stay At Home order to match Governor Abbott’s date of April 30.
The council met via Zoom video conference on Friday afternoon.
An extension of the stay-at-home piggybacks off an announcement made earlier this week by Gov. Gregg Abbott that also extended social distancing guidelines until April 30. The same executive order also closed Texas schools until May 4.
The new order also allows the health department to control occupancy and updates the number of confirmed cases and deaths.
In response to citizen concerns, City Manager Jarrett Atkinson assured residents that Lubbock police are not stopping cars simply because people are out on the streets during the Stay At Home order. If you have concerns about public gatherings or compliance with the order, please call the police non-emergency number at (806) 775-2865 and asked citizens to please only call 911 for genuine emergencies.
Councilman Randy Christian echoed the concerns of local small business owners and encouraged the city to consider measures to help them compete with big box stores going forward.
The city is anticipating a $3 million sales tax deficit. A city hiring freeze has been in place for two weeks, but Atkinson says emergency services and public health will not be affected. The city will also continue their street maintenance programs.
Nine police officers are currently enforcing the quarantine of four Lubbock nursing homes.
Councilmember Latrelle Joy expressed concern about crowding at big box stores versus the limitations faced by small businesses currently deemed non-essential. She proposed limiting sales of non-essential items at big box stores.
The first stay-at-home order went into effect Sunday and is set to expire at midnight on Friday. The reason the order was put into effect was to put more of an emphasis on social distancing and encourage people to stay at home.
The order requires Lubbock citizens to stay at home unless they need to go to a grocery store, to see a doctor, go to work an essential job, or take care of a family member or pet.
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